Using goal-based instructional design to frame innovative learning experiences

Presentation Date: 

Friday, June 10, 2011


Renovacion Pedagogica 2011, Universidad Del Norte (Barranquilla, Colombia)

Presentation Slides: 

Instructors are at their core, learning designers. Most begin drawing their plans for student learning using a traditional approach, considering: Which text book and readings should I use? Which topics should I cover? How should I test my students’ knowledge? Advances in learning science suggest turning this traditional approach to course planning upside down and design student learning experiences by first asking a set of different questions: What exactly do I want my students to be able to do after they take this course? What are the learning goals I have for my students? Evidence suggests that student success may improve when a Backward Design (Wiggins & McTighe) approach to student learning is used, in particular when instructors make learning goals and classroom expectations for students transparent and explicit. After taking this workshop, new or experienced instructors will be able to craft effective learning goals that clarify their expectations for students. This will set the stage for framing more innovative approaches to students' learning and success in university classrooms.